Glen’s the man, going to work. Got his tie, got ambition.

What’s the best name-related commercial of all time? That would be the Emmy-nominated Starbucks DoubleShot commercial from a few years back. (The link will take you to the official version; below is a version from YouTube.)

Yes, that’s the band Survivor playing to the tune of its 1982 hit, “Eye of the Tiger.” Here are the lyrics, in case you want to sing along:

Glen!
Glen, Glen, Glen!
Glen, Glen, Glen!
Glen, Glen, Glen…

Glen’s the man, going to work
Got his tie, got ambition
Middle management is right in his grasp
Its a dream he will never let die!

Glen’s the man of the hour
He’s the king of his cube
Status com reports have finally met their rival
Burning the candle at both ends on his way to the top
He knows one day he just could become…
Supervisor!

[…]

Roy!
Roy Roy Roy!…

I *so* wish they had a version of this for my name. Though “Nancy” probably wouldn’t work — it’d have to be shortened to “Nan.”


One thought on “Glen’s the man, going to work. Got his tie, got ambition.

  1. Yes, like you said, that is Survivor, the band that wrote and performed “Eye Of The Tiger” back in 1982. Although, that is a somewhat different line-up of the band in the commercial. The guitarist and co-founding member, Frankie Sullivan, is still in the band. Long time drummer, Marc Droubay, is still in the band, too. In the commercial you see and hear former vocalist Jimi Jamison. The original lead vocalist of “Eye Of The Tiger” is Dave Bickler.
    Other co-founding member, keyboardist/guitarist Jim Peterik had already left the band before this commercial was filmed.

    Anyone that likes the Survivor/Starbucks commercial should also search the internet for the Bud Light “Real Men Of Genius” TV and radio commercials featuring original Survivor lead vocalist Dave Bickler.

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